17 January 2017

Greater China

  • Going... going... gone. Donald Duck had his festive display of fake candies emptied by unruly visitors.   
Photos: Weibo

    Shanghai Disneyland visitors empty fake candies from display

    Jan 17, 2017 1:43pm
    Some mainland tourists have been lining their pockets with fake candies stolen from a Donald Duck display in Shanghai Disneyland. The incident came to light after a Weibo user criticized the visitors for their unruly behavior,...
  • The products were produced in big quantities in unsanitary conditions. The factories were able to make them look almost identical to the genuine ones.

    Factories making fake seasonings busted in Tianjin

    Jan 17, 2017 12:24pm
    Police in Tianjin have raided dozens of underground factories that have been making fake branded seasoning products for more than 10 years. The scandal spurred concerns about food safety in China, with some experts saying the...
  • It is estimated that 40 percent of the deadly PM 2.5 particles floating in the atmosphere across China come from coal-fired power plants in the country. Photo:

    What the ballpoint pen and smog tell us about China

    - Jan 17, 2017 10:55am
    Recently two pieces of news grabbed headlines in the mainland: one is that a state-owned enterprise based in Shanxi province has succeeded in producing the first 100 percent homemade ballpoint pen in China, and the other...
  • Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in New York. Trump broke with decades of precedent last month by taking a congratulatory telephone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, angering Beijing. Photo: Reuters

    China vows strong action over Trump stance on Taiwan

    Jan 17, 2017 7:42am
    China will “take off the gloves” and take strong action if US President-elect Donald Trump continues to provoke Beijing over Taiwan once he assumes office, Reuters reports, citing two leading state-run newspapers. In an interview with the...
  • Li Chunfu before his arrest (upper inset) and after his release on bail last week (lower inset). Li was among the hundreds of lawyers and activists detained by Chinese authorities in a July 2015 crackdown. Photos: HKEJ,, Twitter

    China civil rights lawyer suffering mental disorders after jail

    Jan 16, 2017 12:06pm
    A Chinese civil rights lawyer is said to have suffered serious damage to his health, both physical and mental, after he was held in a prison by mainland authorities for more than 500 days. Li Chunfu,...
  • Four Loko beer cans on sale on China's Taobao online platform. The US brand gained some notoriety in Hong Kong thanks to TVB host Amy Ng (inset). Photos:,, YouTube

    Taiwan police arrest man over sale of spiked US beer

    Jan 13, 2017 2:24pm
    Police in Taiwan have arrested a man in connection with the sale of drug-laced beer products that were said to have been procured via a Chinese e-commerce platform. The man, a person surnamed Chang, is accused...
  • Over the years, there has been a heated debate over the role of Premier Zhou Enlai (right) during Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution. Some say Zhou was an accomplice while others say he was a victim of the movement, too. Photo:

    Who were the other key players in the Cultural Revolution?

    - Jan 13, 2017 9:47am
    Mainland officialdom has issued orders to ban all forms of public discussion and commemorative activities concerning the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the Cultural Revolution. Meanwhile, both the academic sector and the general public in...
  • In this file photo, China's Liaoning aircraft carrier  conducts a drill in the South China Sea. The Liaoning battle group entered the Taiwan Strait on its way back from military exercises. Photo: Reuters

    Taiwan scrambles jets as China aircraft carrier enters strait

    Jan 12, 2017 8:38am
    Taiwan scrambled jets and navy ships on Wednesday as a group of Chinese warships, led by its sole aircraft carrier, sailed through the Taiwan Strait. Reuters is reporting that China’s Soviet-built Liaoning aircraft carrier, returning from...
  • Students and soldiers gather outside the 918 History Museum in Shenyang; a copy of the memorandum (inset) issued by the education ministry on the revision of history textbooks. Photos: Reuters, Baidu

    China to revise textbooks on war against Japanese invasion

    Jan 11, 2017 1:57pm
    China’s education ministry will revise history textbooks for primary and secondary schools to assert that the war against Japanese aggression in the country lasted 14 years, and not just eight as previously taught. The move is...
  • A sign warns people to keep off Shirogane Blue Pond (inset bottom). A Japanese netizen posted a photo of tourists playing on the frozen lake. 
Photos: Facebook/丘のまちびえいイベント事務局, Twitter/ケー

    Chinese tourists accused of damaging Hokkaido blue pond

    Jan 11, 2017 12:25pm
    Tourism authorities in Hokkaido have cordoned off the world-famous Shirogane Blue Pond after it was vandalized by tourists. An online photo that has gone viral shows footprints all over the snow on the pond, according to...
  • President Xi Jinping has told top party disciplinarians that the spread of corruption has been effectively contained. Photo: CNSA

    China launches new graft watchdog

    Jan 11, 2017 8:12am
    China is introducing a new corruption watchdog to enforce a cleaner civil service but some legal experts worry it will boost President Xi Jinping ’s already substantial clout, the Wall Street Journal reports. Officials say the...
  • Residents are stunned by the sight of a pink sky over Jiangxi province, but authorities assure them that it's not the result of air pollution. The government advises residents to refrain from frying food. Photos: Weibo,

    Netizens slam Beijing’s anti-smog guidelines on cooking

    Jan 10, 2017 1:30pm
    Authorities in Beijing have issued new guidelines on how the public should deal with the heavy smog choking the capital city, but the suggestions only drew derision from netizens who found them impractical and out of...
  • Since Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen took office last year, relations with Beijing have sharply deteriorated, making it difficult for the two Palace Museums to continue and develop their co-operation in scholarly exchanges. Photo: Reuters

    Palace Museum always linked to national prestige and politics

    - Jan 9, 2017 2:29pm
    Since the Palace Museum opened its doors on October 10, 1925, it has always been linked to national prestige and political power. The government of the 14-year-old Republic of China chose National Day for the opening....
  • Japanese Representative to Taiwan Mikio Numata attends a name-changing ceremony for Japan's unofficial embassy in Taipei last week. Photo: Reuters

    Is it good for China to strip Taiwan of its diplomatic allies?

    - Jan 9, 2017 2:19pm
    Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in Honduras on Sunday for a closely watched four-nation Central American visit but, in China at least, there was much more interest in her stopovers in the United States – Houston...
  • Cutting the use of coal will hurt coal-producing provinces, the coal-fired power industry, as well as factories relying on the relatively cheap though highly polluting fuel. Photo: Reuters

    Coal-burning in China: The good and the bad

    - Jan 9, 2017 9:37am
    In 1999, a front page headline in the then Beijing Evening News read: “We must not allow polluted air to accompany us into the 21st century”. However, 17 years on, the smog in major cities across...
  • The boy is seen in the CCTV video struggling in the swimming pool while his mother is focused on her smartphone. Photo:,

    Boy, 3, drowns as mother plays with smartphone, CCTV video shows

    Jan 6, 2017 2:15pm
    (Warning: CCTV video may be disturbing to some viewers) A three-year-old boy drowned in a public swimming pool only a few meters behind his mother who was busy playing with her smartphone in Shaanxi province. The...
  • Canton Tower in Guangzhou (L), the southern Chinese city where air quality readings worsened this week. Picture on the right shows a high-speed train in Beijing caked in grime after dense smog enveloped the city. Photos: Weibo

    Smog spreads to Guangdong and Taiwan but spares Hong Kong

    Jan 6, 2017 12:55pm
    With northern China still covered by heavy smog that caused serious pollution in recent days, the southern province of Guangdong is also beginning to feel the bad air as the smog continues to spread out. Since...
  • Beijing has been pouring huge funds into beefing up the military's capability, but corruption is still spreading like cancer in the People's Liberation Army. Photo: Xinhua

    Why the Chinese army is a paper tiger

    - Jan 5, 2017 1:12pm
    Beijing’s disputes with its neighbors – over territorial rights in the South China Sea and East China Sea as well as Seoul’s deployment of a US-made anti-ballistic missile system – are not likely to be resolved...
  • Zhang Yan (upper inset left) and Li Jianqin were wounded after Chen Zhongshu (inset bottom) opened fire at a meeting hall. The pair are in stable condition. Photo:

    Mayor, party chief wounded in Sichuan shooting rampage

    - Jan 5, 2017 12:14pm
    A city official opened fire at a meeting hall in Panzhihua city in Sichuan province, wounding the mayor and the party chief before turning the gun on himself. Police are investigating the motive for the attacks,...
  • The girl is shown in a video footage being run over by her stepgrandmother's motorbike while her playmate tries to help her. Photo: WeChat

    Guangdong woman arrested for running motorbike over child’s feet

    Jan 4, 2017 3:54pm
    A 50-year-old woman from Yangjiang city in Guangdong province was accused of maltreating her six-year-old stepgranddaughter after she was caught on video running the front wheel of her motorcycle over the child’s feet. The local police later...

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